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Archive for February, 2009

Mary Jacobus, president of the New York Times’ Regional Media Group, dies at 52

Friday, February 20th, 2009

TAMPA, Fla. | Mary Jacobus, a veteran newspaper executive who in 2006 became president and chief operating officer of The New York Times Co.’s Regional Media Group, died Friday. She was 52.

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Deputies and school officials looking for answers to Williston fight

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies and school officials are looking into why a fight broke out last night at Williston Middle School.

It happened behind the school, while a talent show was going on inside. A school resource officer who was acting as security for the event, and a teacher, attempted to break up the fight.

Officials said they were then rushed by the crowd, so the deputy fought back by using pepper spray.

Three ambulances responded and treated people at the scene. Now, school officials are investigating what sparked the fight, and whether students were involved.

“That’s why we have law enforcement there; we want them to practice law enforcement. At the same time, if school consequences are appropriate, they are also going to be omitted out,” said Rick Holliday, New Hanover County assistant superintendent.

At this point no charges have been filed.

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New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputies and school officials are looking into why a fight broke out last night at Williston Middle School.

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Philadelphia-bound flight loses pressure, lands safely at ILM

Friday, February 20th, 2009

A US Airways Boeing 757-200 bound for Philadelphia diverted to Wilmington International Airport this evening after a loss of pressure in the aircraft.

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UNCW hosts Teachers of Tomorrow Day

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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Recruiting is the name and teaching is the game. UNCW’s School of Education hosted its first Teachers of Tomorrow Day.

The event allowed 80 high school juniors and seniors interested in teaching to pick up on valuable information for their future.

Each student involved is apart of the teacher cadet program that encourages students to enter the teaching profession. Each student also participated in skill building workshops to learn concepts behind teaching.

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Recruiting is the name and teaching is the game. UNCW’s School of Education hosted its first Teachers of Tomorrow Day.

The event allowed 80 high school juniors and seniors interested in teaching to pick up on valuable information for their future.

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UNCW students involved in two serious drug busts

Friday, February 20th, 2009

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On Wednesday night, two UNCW students were among four men arrested in a cocaine trafficking bust at the Reserve Apartments on Darlington Avenue.

That same day, UNCW students Christopher Misenheimer and Jonathan Parker were among four people arrested in a heroin bust in a condo just a stone’s throw from campus.

Rebecca Caldwell, who runs the substance abuse program at UNCW said, “I’ve communicated with the sheriff’s department since the arrests were made and will continue to communicate.”

David Donaldson, the UNCW chief of police said drug violations on campus were up in 2008 over 2007, but they were mostly minor infractions involving marijuana.

Donaldson said these latest arrests off campus mirror what’s happening in New Hanover County rather than highlight a problem at UNCW. “We’re very fortunate in this community to have law enforcement agencies that take a very aggressive approach to drug violations and a prosecutor’s office that takes a similar approach.”

Heroin seizures were up dramatically in New Hanover County in 2008, and 2009 is off to a similar start with yesterday’s 170 bags.

“One reason we might have a special eye on drugs like heroin and cocaine is that adolescents are using more prescription drugs. They’re heavy opiates that could… Lead to serious street drugs like heroin or cocaine,” said Caldwell.

She said drugs like Oxycontin and Darvocet fall into that group. Meantime detectives say more arrests could be coming in the heroin ring.

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videoOn Wednesday night, two UNCW students were among four men arrested in a cocaine trafficking bust at the Reserve Apartments on Darlington Avenue.

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